Category Archives: Pediatrics

Becoming aware of autism creates better acceptance

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month? Though it may not affect you or your family personally, it’s good to have an understanding of what autism is. That way, we can better recognize, accept and appreciate those living with autism. What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects […]

Unresponsive newborn thrives due to on-site neonatal care

Christmas 2017 will be one the Ferguson family of Clinton, Illinois, will always remember. Amanda, 32, was expecting her second child and was due on New Year’s Eve. A sonogram performed a couple days before Christmas, however, showed the baby was measuring big, so Amanda’s doctor decided to induce her a week early. She went […]

E-cigarettes and young people: a public health concern

E-cigarettes, devices that typically deliver nicotine, flavorings and other additives to users through an inhaled aerosol, are a rapidly emerging trend especially popular among youth and young adults. These devices are referred to by a variety of names, including “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes” and “tank systems.” E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver […]

Peoria family, pediatric gastroenterologist forge lifetime connection

Michelle Marcinak of Peoria has spent years learning about and managing eosinophilic esophagitis, a chronic digestive condition that has affected three of her young sons. Pediatric gastroenterologist Sandeep Gupta, MD, of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, has spent decades researching and treating this disorder. Both doctor and parent feel […]

Small baby unit delivers specialized care to the tiniest babies

Babies born with less than 30 weeks gestation generally have more obstacles to overcome compared to a full term infant. By the time they reach school age, it is estimated that 50 percent to 70 percent of low birth weight infants are identified to have some cognitive, behavioral and/or social delays. These difficulties often times […]